- Duration : 2 weeks+
- Placement fee : $589
- Location : Vietnam country sides
- Type of placement : Volunteer work for farm
- Arrival airport : Noi Bai Airport
- Available : During the year
- Age : 18+
Volunteering in Vietnam organic farming offer you a great chance to immerse yourself in rustic natural beauty and peaceful countryside. Participants have the opportunity to experience authentic local culture by staying with locals as well as joining in their daily life activities. We also participate in organic farm works such as planting vegetables, cutting grass, fishing on the river, collecting snails on the rice field. Especially, we can enjoy the rustic beauty of Vietnamese countryside as well as do a range of travel activities such as hiking, biking, swimming, cultural exchange… That’s all about Vietnam organic farming .
Volunteer in Vietnam organic farming volunteer
Are you looking for a new travel style? Do you want to gain an insight into Vietnam? Do you want to experience volunteer work on organic farming abroad?
We are here to hear what you expect so that we offer you a project called “Volunteer in Vietnam organic farming“The project site is located among a variety of fields and organic farm such as: rice paddy field, corn, mixed farms with many kind of fruits. We will run suitable activities for participants due to certain growing season . There are so many people who living in the countryside, growing their own food, selling agricultural products, and developing market in the local area. Volunteering and living with a local family is a fascinating way to immerse yourself in a new culture and experience life like a local . Your contribution means a lot to local community.
- Staying with indigenous people as well as experiencing authentic local culture
- Being in homestay and helping local people do some farm works such as planning & harvesting vegetables, cutting grass, fishing on the river, collecting snails on the rice field and tending water buffalos.
- Immerse yourself in natural beauty
- Having fun with a variety of culture shows during the years.
- Enjoy tranquil settings of Vietnam countryside
- Experiencing warm hospitality of our host family
- Practicing Vietnamese with locals is a great way to learn Vietnamese first-hand.
- Volunteers help locals do a variety of farm works.
- Volunteers will play a main role to make a difference by staying among local people.
- It is a great chance for international volunteer to gain a deeper understandings of Vietnamese lifestyle, learn Vietnamese, join in cultural exchange and enjoy local cuisines and experience new life abroad.
Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi city (Noi Bai airport)
This is the first day you come to Vietnam joining in our project. VVS staff will pick you up from Noi Bai airport and take you to your hotel in Hanoi. You are at leisure.
We will take a local bus to the homestay owner will be your home during your stay in our project. After that, you can take a rest. If there is still time , we will have a short orientation at the homestay to go through produces for your stay and get involved in the project.We will show you how to be safe during the trip. After that, you can stroll around the village, say hello to local people, visit the field and staffs whom you will be working with.
From Day 3 to the end of the duration (Working day only)
From Day 3, you will be working with full-time support of Vietnamese staff members and will be involved in a variety of tasks that will be scheduled for you every day You will join in the farm works and help local people plant trees, vegetables, fishing on the river and feeding the animals. Everything will be run smoothly if you are actively working, it is very helpful for you to make friends with the local people, give them the best and you will be very happy to work with locals.
(Saturday & Sunday): You are at leisure during the weekend.
You can choose to stay in Mai Chau and relax in a homestay, visit Mai Chau or Pa Co market, 1000 steps cave or travel off the beaten path to Pu Luong natural reserve. Depart from Mai Chau, you’ll have a good chance to trek remote and wondrous ethnic villages where you can gain a deeper understandings of local culture and traditions . It’s worthwhile to spend your weekend holiday in such as fascinating, beautiful place like Mai Chau with so many things to see and do.
Your Final day
Price : US$589/ per person for 2 weeks and US$215 for 1 extra week.
Placement fee includes:
VVS’s placement fee includes the following:
o Registration fees
o Written materials pre-departure
o Facilitating a volunteer experience in program site that specifically meets your needs
o Accommodation: Dorm bed accommodation in a house with a few others, communal areas,
o Food: 3 meals per day
o Transport to and from work where required
o Round trip transfer Hanoi – Mai Chau – Hanoi
o Assisting with local transport and providing advice on public transport routes
o Airport meet and greet service
o Complete English preparation and orientation information pack
o Advice, assistance, and guidance before, during, and after your stay
o Support: 24-hour support from on-site coordinator
o Assistance with planning your weekend excursions from local staff
o All flights
o Travel & health insurance
o Transfer back to airport at conclusion of program
o First night accommodation in Hanoi
o In-country trips and tours
o Personal expenses
o Other services not mentioned above
What does the project do?
This project lasts at least 10 working day. Individuals or groups work in a rural village, assist host family, local people to do farm work. The project site is hand-picked, for the best possible place to do agricultural work. This project offers a great opportunity for international volunteers to learn more about Vietnam – the homeland of agricultural culture. Moreover, locals can learn more about the outside world via cultural exchange program and during the time working with international volunteers whom they have met in their hometown for the first time. This project is also a good way not only for locals to change their life but also for international volunteers to change their mind and give a helping hand to support local community.
Volunteers play an important role in this project. The project aims to enlarge the organic farm and reduce environmental impact of pesticides. Through volunteer activities, we would like to start a campaign call “fresh products produced in organic farms”. If you have some experiences in farm work, tell us your thoughts in term of improving productivity. Through those activities, it not only produces fresh organic products, but also creates a good working environment to gain skills& experiences for both volunteers and the locals.
What’s the project like?
This project is in a hill-tribe village. Spending your free time at a slower pace of life, enjoying fresh air every day and participating in wonderful farm work will be an incredible experience for you on the trip. Furthermore, fresh fruits, vegetables and animals are available for processing foods. Enjoy local cuisines, which will be unforgettable memories for you.
As a volunteer on this project in Mai Chau, Vietnam, you should be prepared to get your hands dirty and have a real enthusiasm to get stuck in wherever you are needed. Volunteers with skills and experience in working with crops, doing farming works and an interest in organic farming and nutrition will find this project interesting.
Mai Chau is located in Hoa Binh province, approximately 135 km from Hanoi and 60 km from Hoa Binh. From the top of Cun Mountain, one can admire the superb panorama of Mai Chau surrounded by a green valley and stilt houses. Many minorities, including the Thai ethnic group, live in Mai Chau.
Stilt houses border both sides of the roads. The houses are quite large with palm leaf roofs and polished bamboo-slat floors. The kitchen is located in the center of the house; the cooking as well as the making of the colorful tho cam, the material used by Thai minority to make their clothes, takes place in the kitchen. The windows are large and decorated with patterns. Each house also usually has a pond to breed fish.
The Sunday market brings a lot of people into town. People from different minorities living in the mountains come to Mai Chau market to sell their specific products: honey, bananas, corn, and tho cam made by skilled Thai women. The Sunday market is also an occasion to enjoy traditional Thai dishes and to participate in traditional dances.
Mai Chau can be a base for some trekking tours to the villages around, this is with homestay overnight on the traditional houses of the H’Mong and the Thai. It’s worth a guided trekking tour there, tourists especially enjoy the minority specialty dishes including rice cooked in bamboo and grilled meat. They also enjoy watching traditional dancing, music performances (bronze, drums, gongs), and Thai minority singing and dancing. The remote minority villages are attractive sites for tourists.
Activities and schedule
Activities and schedule will be set by VVS, or from the inquiries and suggestion from participants. The plan will be fixed before your departure. All of the activity plans will be sent to let participants know via email.
Project resources, advice and all support for activities on the trip will be provided by VVS and local support. Besides, you should prepare something necessary for you participating in the trip.
Project resources and advice
All support for activities at the project site will be provided by VVS and locals. You only need to bring your belongings which are necessary for you such as trekking boot, sun block, hat, anti-insect repellent, sunglasses, rain coat, toiletries, original passport . There are four seasons in the North of Vietnam: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. It is really hot in Summer, cool in Autumn and warm in the Spring, and really cold in the winter. When you plan to go to Vietnam , you should check the time and weather before hand.
Cameras and laptop will be very helpful for you to record all interesting things and memorable moment. As you have free time, a book also helps you relax.
You will be living amongst local in the homestay to experience a day in the life of a Vietnamese family. You’ll live, eat, work & cook with locals. it is really comfortable accommodation with WIFI, hot shower, western toilet and basic amenities. Don’t expect too much on the homestay.
Vietnam features one of the most diverse and tasty cuisines in the world, and you can expect to eat simply but well during your placement. Every day, you receive breakfast, lunch and dinner. Cooks prepare a wide-range of Vietnamese dishes exclusively for the volunteers.
You should also bring trekking boot, sun block, hat, anti-insect repellent, sunglasses, raincoat, toiletries, passport.